Finduilas

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Finduilas
Noldo
"Princess of Nargothrond" by Elena Kukanova
Biographical Information
Other namesFaelivrin (S, epessë)
LocationNargothrond
LanguageSindarin
BirthPossibly F.A. 272[1][note 1]
Beleriand
DeathF.A. 495[2] (aged 223)
Crossings of Taeglin
Family
HouseHouse of Finarfin
ParentageOrodreth (father)
Unnamed Sindarin mother[3]
SiblingsGil-galad
SpouseBetrothed to Gwindor; never married
Loved Túrin
Physical Description
GenderFemale
Hair colorGolden
GalleryImages of Finduilas

Finduilas was a Noldorin princess of the First Age. She was the daughter of Orodreth, the ruler of Nargothrond, and the sister of Gil-galad.[3]

History

Finduilas lived in Nargothrond with her father and brother under the rule of Finrod Felagund. She was betrothed to Gwindor, who named her Faelivrin, which meant "Gleam of the Sun on the Pools of Ivrin".[4]

Nargothrond - Turin and Finduilas by Elena Kukanova

Her betrothed was captured in F.A. 472 during the Battle of Unnumbered Tears by Morgoth,[5] but he returned in 490 with a companion[6] who called himself Agarwaen, son of Úmarth ("Bloodstained, son of the Cursed"). Unknown to Finduilas, this was actually Túrin son of Húrin.

Despite her old feelings for Gwindor, who was now mutilated, Finduilas fell in love with noble Túrin who became an influential warrior of Nargothrond. Túrin failed to notice her feelings, she reminded him of Lalaith, the sister he lost in childhood. Gwindor realized that Finduilas had fallen in love with Túrin, and revealed his name to her in an attempt to discourage her pursuit.[4]

At the Sack of Nargothrond by Glaurung, Finduilas was captured. Gwindor was slain after ordering Túrin to protect Finduilas as only she could save him from his fate; however he was entranced by the dragon, and he could not hear Finduilas' cries as she was being dragged past him by the Orcs as a captive for Angband.[7]

Due to Glaurung's deceit, Túrin abandoned Finduilas and instead went to Hithlum in search for his kin. When the Orcs were waylaid by the Haladin of Brethil at the Crossings of Teiglin they killed all their captives, pinning Finduilas to a tree with a spear.

By this time, Túrin had regained his senses, and the Haladin buried her in a mound they called Haudh-en-Elleth ("Mound of the Elf-maiden").[8]

Etymology

The name Finduilas is a Sindarin name. The first element of the name seems to be fîn ("hair"), but the etymology of the rest of her name is unclear.[9]

A name from a draft of The Lord of the Rings could also contain the element uilas: Mindor Uilas, suggested by Roman Rausch to translate as "Isolated Mountain of Ever-leaf".[10]

Other names

Finduilas was also called Faelivrin ("Gleam of the Sun on the Pools of Ivrin") in Sindarin, from fael ("gleam of the sun") + the proper name Ivrin.[11]

GenealogyNB

Míriel
d. Y.T. 1170
Finwë
d. Y.T. 1495
Indis
b. Y.T.
Olwë
b. Y.T.
Fëanor
Y.T. 1169 - 1497
Findis
b. Y.T.
Fingolfin
Y.T. 1190 - F.A. 456
Írimë
b. Y.T.
Finarfin
b. Y.T. 1230
Eärwen
b. Y.T.
unknown sons
Finrod
Y.T. 1300 - F.A. 465
Angrod
d. F.A. 455
Eldalótë
b. Y.T.
Aegnor
d. F.A. 455
Galadriel
b. Y.T. 1362
Celeborn
b. Y.T.
Orodreth
d. F.A. 495
Elrond
b. F.A. 532
Celebrían
b. S.A. 300
FINDUILAS
F.A. 272 - 495
Gil-galad
d. S.A. 3441
Elladan
b. T.A. 130
Elrohir
b. T.A. 130
Arwen
T.A. 241 - Fo.A. 121

Other versions of the legendarium

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The Book of Lost Tales

In the earliest version of the legendarium in The Book of Lost Tales, the character appears as Failivrin, being one of the Rodothlim, daughter of the Gnome Galweg. When Túrin joined their people, he usually helped her father in the fight against the Orcs, so she could see him often. She became captivated by Túrin's hidden sadness, but as he had a hardened heart, she wept in secret for him, "and she grew so pale that folk marvelled at the whiteness and delicacy of her face and her bright eyes that shone therein". When he later gained fame among the Rodothlim, her love for him grew, and she always defended him when people murmured against him. He treated her with courtesy, saying he had found a fair sister in the lands of the Gnomes.[12]:82–3

When Melko attacked the Rodothlim with a great army and the dragon Glorund, Túrin came to Galweg's place in the caves, and found him dead. Failivrin sought confort in his arms and he realized his loved for her. However, the place was attacked by Orcs, and only Túrin and Flinding were there to protect her. After Flinding's death, Túrin was taken out by Glorund's breath and paralyzed by its enchanting eyes. Thus, when Failivring was captured and carried out in front of him, she cried to him: "O Túrin Mormakil, where is thy heart; O my beloved, wherefore dost thou forsake me?". Hearing her cry, Túrin almost broke the enchantment, but Glorund stopped him and talked to him, making him to believe his family was in danger. Against all wisdom and his own heart, Túrin forsook Failivrin, and her sad fate was never known.[12]:84–7

It is notable that the element of Failivrin already appears in the earliest outlines of J.R.R. Tolkien for the story of Túrin.[13] As can be read above, she is not given a conclusion for her story, nor she is anyway related to the characters of Orodreth and Flinding (later Gwindor) as in later narratives.

Notes

  1. The figure of F.A. 272 is the most recent date that Tolkien gave for Finduilas' year of birth in Beleriand. In the same complex of texts in which this figure appears, Tolkien later decided that Finduilas was the youngest of the Exiled Noldor (thus born in Aman) - however, years later (c. 1965), Tolkien decided to make Finduilas the sister of Gil-galad, born to Orodreth and an unnamed Sindarin lady: thus placing her birth in Beleriand once again, hence the adoption of the F.A. 272 date.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part One. Time and Ageing: X. Difficulties in Chronology", p. 72
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Three. The Wanderings of Húrin and Other Writings not forming part of the Quenta Silmarillion: I. The Wanderings of Húrin", entry 495, p. 256
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "XI. The Shibboleth of Fëanor", The names of Finwë's descendants, The parentage of Gil-galad, p. 350
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "Túrin in Nargothrond"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part One. The Grey Annals": §227
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part One. The Grey Annals": §267
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "The Fall of Nargothrond"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "The Coming of Túrin into Brethil"
  9. Paul Strack, "S. Finduilas f.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 10 September 2023)
  10. Paul Strack, "N. Mindor Uilas loc.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 30 May 2024)
  11. Paul Strack, "S. Faelivrin f.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 10 September 2023)
  12. 12.0 12.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "II. Turambar and the Foalókë"
  13. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "II. Turambar and the Foalókë": "Notes and Commentary", p. 138